You should buy the reMarkable Paper Tablet: 5 reasons.

So, you wonder, why should you buy the reMarkable?

The reMarkable paper tablet is slowly becoming increasingly popular, especially with the release of the reMarkable Paper Tablet 2.

why you should buy the remarkable paper tablet

When I initially bought by reMarkable Paper Tablet (the original model!), there really wasn’t a lot on the internet about the tablet and all it had to offer.

It was just a fancy tech item that popped up on my instagram page and I wasn’t sure whether it was something for me – especially with the price tag.

After owning the device for a year and a half (and using it basically everyday during my Honours year in university), there are some simple things that make the reMarkable paper tablet perfect for students (and anyone else who loves their notepad). Here are 5 reasons you should buy the reMarkable.

Nowadays, there are definitely a few more in-depth reviews of the reMarkable online. But I want to give 5 straight-forward reasons why you should buy the reMarkable paper tablet.

I have also written up a more in-depth review of how I use the remarkable paper tablet as a university student here.

5 Reasons you should buy a reMarkable.

1. You love hand written notes.

There’s just something about hand writing out lecture notes that doesn’t get old.

I have never been someone who opens up their laptop in class to furiously type notes. It’s so easy to not focus – you just type away and don’t take in any of the information.

Writing down lecture notes can help you to better remember the information too, because writing is a more cognitively demanding task, than simply typing. You have to do more with the information, summarise, highlight, mind map – and this extra effort means you are processing more!

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2. You won’t have to carry around tonnes of notebooks.

There is one thing that university could do without – and that is heavy textbooks!

I know that I have definitely broken a backpack (or two) while lugging around textbooks.

And while I can’t make universities stop forcing students to lug around 500 page textbooks, you can make your school bag just that little bit lighter by getting yourself a reMarkable paper tablet.

You can say goodbye to your pens, pencils (the whole pencil case for that matter) and all the separate notebooks for Psych 1A, Clinical Introduction, Anatomy and Molecules.

You can just have one device, with all your notes in there at once. It means you won’t end up in that position where your sitting in the lecture theatre and forgot to bring in the notebook you need – because you were studying last night and left it on your desk at home!

3. You can access your notes, anywhere.

The best thing about the reMarkable table is the ability to access your notes and notebooks wherever you are.

reMarkable’s cloud system means that you can access your data from the app on all other devices you own!

You can have the app set up on your mobile phone (for studying on the go) or on your computer (to send them through to a friend!). This is something that really makes the reMarkable paper tablet amazing for students, you can look at everything anywhere (on the bus, while walking to class, etc!)

Your notes easily convert to a PDF and then you can work with them however you want.

4. You will help the planet, by saving paper.

If you are environmentally conscious, you will also be saving paper with the reMarkable paper tablet!

Notebooks, notepads, and diaries (see how I use the remarkable as a bullet journal here) are usually everyday requirements for any student – but you can get rid of all your paper traces with this device.

You can also upload PDF papers onto the reMarkable paper tablet. For me, as a neuroscience student, I am always reading new scientific articles.

Instead of printing them out, I can have that same experience of note taking on the reMarkable.

Without haphazard notebooks, sticky notes and print outs everywhere, you will also be able to better keep track of your notes. Things won’t get lost. There’s a really nice system to how everything is organised within the reMarkable device which extends to the app too.

And, instead of throwing away your filled up notebooks at the end of every semester, you can simply delete. (Or save them on a hard-drive for access if you want to review anything!) You won’t feel guilty about filling up the recycling bin with notes and print outs ever again!

5. Your eyes will thank you!

Kindles were a big thing back in the day because of the good things they can do for your eyes, when compared to staring at backlit computer screens all day.

This study by Benedetto et al. 2013 compared visual fatigue when reading on three different type of materials – e-readers, LCD screens and real paper.

They found that visual fatigue was increased when reading on LCD screens, when compared to both e-readers and paper.

This was measured by the amount of blinks (a well-known indicator of visual fatigue) and also subjective reports of the participants.

So, take a step away from those computer screens and do your eyes a favour by using a reMarkable paper tablet to get in all your readings.

As I said before, it’s easy to drag and drop PDFs to the device, and then you can mark them up, highlight and circle just like you would on real paper.

Final Thoughts on the reMarkable paper tablet…

The reMarkable paper tablet has been a real game changer for me at university, and was heavily used during my last few years of undergrad.

I have no doubt that in the next three years of my PhD, this device will be taken to its greatest potential!

If you need more information about the reMarkable tablet as a university student, have a look at the ways I use the device as a university student (there’s a lot you can do with it!)

Hopefully you now understand why you should buy a reMarkable paper tablet – you won’t regret it.

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6 Apps for Students: What You Need To Be Successful

Most days (more often than not), our phones can be a big bundle of distraction. Instagram, Facebook and Youtube can take up many hours of our lives.

Have a look at your iPhone’s screen-time in the settings. You’ll seriously be shocked.

However, you can actually use your phone for good (yes, it’s possible)!

Your phone can be something that makes you more productive and more efficient.

All you need are the right apps.

Here are six apps for students to get you on top of your university and college life.

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Apps for Students

Forest

Of all the apps for students, this one is the most useful!

Which is crazy, since it’s one that does nothing.

That’s right.

Nothing.

Forest is an app that locks you out of using your phone.

The perfect study motivation.

But it doesn’t just lock you out of your phone, it gives you incentive not to close the app – by planting a tree!

The Forest app works similar to the Pomodoro technique.

You get to set a timer, and pick a tree to plant.

Then as you’re timer runs, the tree grows. And, if you can’t keep your hands off your phone, opening and using another app will kill your growing tree.

It sounds silly – but its honestly one of the best apps I’ve ever used for study.

I never want to kill any trees.

You will be surprised what it can do for your productivity!

Notion

Notion is note-taking app/program that has recently taken the study world by storm.

It has been reviewed by countless creators and influencers on the internet, and has only just boomed in popularity.

The app is both super aesthetically pleasing and a super practical addition to my workflow as a student.

It’s a note-taking program organised like no other.

You can use a variety of templates to organise your ideas in the most functional ways.

Pages can be simply lines of writing, but can also includes tables of information with tags, dates and deadlines as well as links and formatting options to make any and all notes neat and effective.

The app has a tonne of templates to sort out anything and everything you need to be organised.

This includes pages to organise job applications, calculate grades, take Cornell notes, course syllabuses, and thesis planning.

It’s also so beautiful that you’ll be happy to open it up and take notes in class.

It’s customisation options also mean you can decorate any page as you like.

AND everything you do on your mobile seamlessly syncs with the desktop version of Notion. You can access your notes at anytime.

See my full post about how I use Notion, here.

It’s also included in my must-have Chrome extensions for students, here.

Quizlet

Quizlet is the one of the apps for students that you really need to up your study game when exams come around.

Like other popular studying apps, Quizlet is a flashcard based system.

It’s free (unlike a few other flashcard app options) and makes it super easy to access study materials on both your computer and mobile at anytime.

Most important, it allows you to practice one of the most effective study techniques, active recall.

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The app allows you to create flashcards of your own study material and has multiple options available for reviewing and studying.

This includes reviewing the flashcards, multiple choice quizzes, matching or full testing (which includes an assortment of review types).

While you are free to make your own study materials, you can also choose from other users flashcard sets.

If your studying for an anatomy exam – you will find no shortage of ready-made sets for you to revise.

If you want more information on why you should be using Quizlet, check out my post about active recall here. It’s neuroscience to help you hack your exam study to get you the best results possible!

reMarkable

This one is very personal to my own study routine, but I would be doing you a big disservice if I didn’t mention how I use the reMarkable app for my study.

It’s a big part of my university life.

The reMarkable paper tablet is a device to mimic the pen-to-paper feeling, with digital notebooks.

It’s app cleverly syncs to the tablet, allowing you to have access to your notes anytime from your computer or mobile.

The app works to complement the user experience on the tablet.

I can send PDFs journal articles to my tablet (to read and highlight and make notes on), as well as lecture notes to mark up.

Through the app, I can also make PDF copies of my hand written notes to save to my computer.

See how I use the reMarkable Paper Tablet as a university student here.

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Google Drive + Docs + Sheets

For someone who wants access to everything, 24/7, you really can’t go past Google Drive.

Having this app on both your mobile and your computer means that you have access to your files wherever you need.

As someone who is also very anxious about Word crashing and destroying my latest assignment draft – I always love to upload my latest versions to a Google Drive.

This means, if anything crashes (or I spill coffee on my laptop), I have a copy of my assignments and work up in the cloud.

Google Drive also works seamlessly with Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets, meaning you can also edit documents on the go.

One of the best parts about the Drive though is the ability to share documents with others.

And having multiple users who can edit Google Docs is super useful for group assignments.

If you don’t use Google Drive to its full potential, you are truly missing out on seamless transitions between uni computers and your own laptop and mobile devices.

Apple Podcasts

While this app isn’t specific to studying, I think it is so super super important to regularly explore it as a student.

Podcasts can teach you so many important skills, help you figure out life decisions, motivate you and relax you.

I like to listen to podcasts to do one of four things:

Find out more about something I’m interested in. This could be to do with my degree, or it might be something very random and out of the blue. (But hey – the more you know!).

I absolutely love using the podcast app to wind down with guided meditations at night time or during exam season. My favourite is Meditation Minis.

Get some life advice – lately, I’ve been listening to Hello PhD (to see if PhD is the path I want to take) and My Millennial Money (to wrap my head around my finances).

Get motivated! Nothing like some success stories and amazing women to get you inspired. I like to listen to I’ll Have Another for some running motivation and recently loved listening to Grace Beverley on The Plant Based Business Podcast.

And that’s it! Six apps for students that you shouldn’t live university life without!

At the end of the day, it’s all about choosing to use your technology for good – and not to be a constant distraction to your study and life goals!

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